What's the point of taking all those deeply soulful pictures of your feet or whatever if you're never going to print them out? It's strange that in these days of unmitigated access to cameras we hardly ever see our photographs on anything but our screens. Well, no more. It's time to start using our photo's to decorate our own wall's, not Facebook's. Here are four stylish ways of printing your photos and turning them into art. Because yes, you're Instagrams are that good.
If you've ever wondered what Sarah does when she's not blogging up a storm, allow me don my little-sister hat and rat her out. Along with furtively watching reruns of Hart of Dixie (when she's drunk she like, "Wade can be such a dick", but sober she get's all "Hart of whatsie?") and getting through design books like I get through smokes, she make lampshades. Amazing lampshades.
If you're wondering just how amazing, take a look. These aren't the dusty ruffles your granny had. Designing and making the quirky shades by hand in her Dublin studio and selling them under the name Shady And The Lamp, Sarah's on track for world-domination, one undressed bulb at a time. Once Hart of Dixie isn't repeated too often, of course.
Shades available to buy from Shady and the Lamp's Etsy store.
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Firstly, ice-cream mixed with white wine; amazeballs. Throw in some cherries and amazeballs doesn't begin to cover it my friend. We're at week three of our cherry-centric Tuesday Boozedays and my fondness for cherry liqueur has been well and truly cemented. Today's cocktail recipe is a play on the White Cargo but we've upped the cherriness to bring it closer to being the boozy dessert it's always wanted to be. This is a particularly easy recipe as you just whizz everything in the blender and pour into a glass and enjoy. Then go back to the blender and suck up anything left over. Then make more. You're definitely going to want to make more.You might also like:
Dublin based Artist/ Illustrator Shane O'Connor is looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary. His work comprises of famous landmarks and hidden treasures from in and around Dublin.
"It started 6 years ago. "The Invasion" they called it. It began with a just a few lone sketchy's, lurking around deserted streets, hiding in plain sight. But now there are more. These strange creatures have begun terraforming the landscape. Enormous triangles grow from the ground and litter the sky. Explosions of colour replace the everyday scenes. What do they want? When will it end?"
From The Ground Up
Out Of The Blue
All prints are available to purchase online from the JamArtFactory, an "Independent Irish Based Art and Design Shop".
←You might also like; Maria Aparicio Puentes, Sewing Photographs
Spring has sprung and playing havoc with our wardrobes already. Time for some trench warfare. The little mac is a mighty weapon against the temperamental season's ever changing weather. Light enough for the warmer days, sturdy enough for stormier seas and unfailingly chic year round; there as many ways to wear a trench as there are reasons to own one. Here's the proof.←Skinning Up; 10 Snakeskin Accessories under €20. Wardrobe Cheat Sheet; 8 Ways To Wear The White Shirt. →
Snake accessories inspiration via Jak and Jil.
Lounge lizards rejoice! It's the Year of the Snake and Gucci, Erdem and Preen responded appropriately with nods to the scaly reptiles on the spring catwalks. On the street, snakeskin is being kept to the peripherals with accessories getting all the attention. Here's our pick of the best snakeskin (not real, we've seen the PETA videos) accessories under €30. So, who's skinning up?
Metal plate snake clutch; €7, ASOS.
Snake coin purse; €5, A|Wear. Nude snakeskin wedges; €30, New Look. Snake print bangles; €15, River Island.
Studded snakeskin clutch;€28, BooHoo. Snake print tee; €16, River Island. Snakeskin peeptoes; €16, BooHoo.
Street style inspiration via Misses Dressy←Wardrobe Cheat Sheet; 8 Ways To Wear The Denim Shirt.
Want your lollipops with a bit more giddy-up? Make them yourself. Home-made lollipops open up a whole new world of pretty, tasty and boozy treats and are starting to make the idea of another customised cupcake seem pretty stale. To the left is a link to the easiest DIY lollipop tutorial we found; the peeps at Modern Mom simply melt Jolly Ranchers in an oven for a few minutes and drop in a stick once their goo-ified. This is one of the few tutorials that doesn't use a candy thermometer, something I'm definitely going to have to pick up if my dreams of vodka-spiked lollipops (for cocktails - who's with me?) are to be realised.
To the right is a link to a Video Jug how-to that explains how to make lollipops from scratch (this is where you can start adding your own colours and flavours) without needing a lollipop mould. Spoiler alert: The basics ingredients are sugar, water and cream of tartar or corn syrup. Below is a veritable candy shop of tutorials from modern day Willy Wonkas who are turning lollipops into edible art for grown-ups. Taking candy from babies has never been so much fun.
Flower petal bellini lollipop; Etsy Blog.
Fresh daisy lollipop tutorial; FunkyTime. Fresh pansy lollipop how-to; Sprinkle Bakes.
Drunk lollies are the future and the future is good. Most of these lolly-liquor recipes can be used interchangeably with different spirits so a Manhattan straight-up with the Vermouth kicked to the side by a pair of steel-toed cap boots could be just a lick away. Not a moment too soon.
Tequila and rum lollipop recipe; Leite's Culinaria.
Vodka lollipop lips tutorial; CBC. Red wine lollipop recipe; Feed Floyd
Get your Heston on and turn lollipops on their heads with these wonderfully weird flavours.
Lemon & lime zest lollipops recipe; Martha Stewart.
Pumpkin flavoured lollipops recipe; Cupcake Project. Hot sauce lollipops; Sprinkle Bakes.
FECK IT, JUST BUY IT.
Too much effort? How about splashing the cash on these tasty little suckers?
Pink peppercorn and watermelon lollipop; 6 for €8, Mihow.
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There are plenty of times in our lives when we need a little spice and plenty more when we need a good rubbing.
Check out the list below for delicious salts and rubs to liven up your, em... food.
Irish Sea Salt; Irish Atlantic Salt
"On the Beara Peninsula, you’ll find a bunch of salt fanatics producing Ireland’s first and only sea salt flakes." This unadulterated salt can enhance most recipes, and is much better for you than the average table salt, delicious. (We're not biased, swear!)
Flamin' Hot Spice Rub Kit; Craigsmarket
Containing recipes like "Radioactive Rub" and "Blazin Poultry", this kit will kick the life into any meat or fish. Ideal for the BBQ when the time comes or grilling when it doesn't. Simply rub and marinade. Boom!
"Spices & Herbs often evoke an exotic notion of faraway lands and other food cultures." This award-winning Irish business has been procuring fine herbs and spices since 1997. Have a look at their many blends and you will never be without inspiration again.
Organic Tuscan Dry Rub; thekitchenimp
Filled with basil, fennel, garlic, rosemary and oregano this heavenly scented "Pot of Italy" would liven up any tomato sauce for fish or mixed with sea salt and sprinkled over veggies, the Mediterranean kind. Yum.
Gourmet Popcorn Seasoning; dellcovespices
There is only one destination for these tasty treats and that's all over my face. Cover Popcorn in these magical powders and your mouth will sing. Great on Ice-cream too, hmm...
Garlic Salt Mix, Black Lava Salt and Merlot Salt; AchefInTexas
We're into fancy pants territory now. For full effect these little fellas would be ideal for dressing a plate. Make pretty lines or pile into a mini mountain and serve with wine, cheese and Crudités. Yes, crudités.
Movie fan art can sometimes turn into a whole mess of fantasy weirdiness but Big Lebowski fans tend to abide by the film's minimalist vibe. Or is it nihilist? The original movie poster set the bar pretty high for starkly slick cool Dude-ness but it has a few contenders. Here's our pick of Lebowski art that will really tie the room together.
Or the Creedence art print; €12.50, Faith Hope Trick.
White Russian poster; €15, Ben Mecleod. Walter print; €27, Ibraheem Youssef. Graphic Lebowski print; €27, Adam Juresko.
You're entering a world of pain print; €20, Dope Prints.
Careful man Lebowski quote; €8, Eye Chart Prints. Do you see; €16 Visual Etiquette. WTF? quote art; €27, Chung Kong.
Flashback Lebowski quote print; €11, The Silver Spider.
Not abide another toe; €16, Visual Etiquette. White Russian rug; €10, Ellie Argueta. Lebowski recreation print; €22, Basemint.
The Dude long print; €24, SuPmon.
The Dude paper doll; €15, Claudia Varosio. Lebowski bowling bag poster; €27, Amy MacAdams Design. Stylish lebowski poster; €17, Ben Walker.Art Vader; Seriously Stylish Star Wars Prints.
Whether it's because you can't wait any longer to pick your neighbour's lovely daffodils or that bouquet you sent yourself to annoy the office biatch is too damn big to fit in one vase, sometimes you need to display flowers on the fly. Turns out, arranging your petally pretties without a vase could well be the best way of showing them off anyway, especially if you opt for maximum-impact multiple displays. Eh, it just so happens that all my many, many Valentine's sent me very small bouquets this year, actually.
Bottle vase garland; Urban Outfitters.
Painted bottle flower display; Simple Daisy. Perfume bottle vase; Home Via Laura.
Jam jar rose vases DIY; Design, Dining & Diapers.
TINS & CANS
Upcycled tin can vase; Keen & Fitting.
Beer can vase; Jourdan Crouch Fairchild. Tin can flower vase; A Daily Something.
Drinking glass vase; By Wilma.
Flowers in drinking glass; Zitaaa. Wine glass vases; Waterford Rentals.
You might also like; Purifying Plants; Love Is In The Air.